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Re^5: In search of a better way to trim string length

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Jul 19, 2004 at 19:37 UTC ( #375668=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: In search of a better way to trim string length
in thread In search of a better way to trim string

The issue arises from what constitutes a "word". The basic definition is @words = split ' ', $line;, which works in most cases. However, it's arguable that a better definition could be @words = $line =~ /(\b\w+(?:['-]\w+)\b)/;. Of course, you're now depending on the definition of \w, which includes underscore and doesn't include apostrophe or hyphen. *shrugs* YMMV a huge amount. Parsing any natural language is much harder than parsing Perl which, as everyone knows, can't be done in Perl.

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